From: Los Angeles, California. LA Opera: Musetta in La Bohème (2007, student matinee); Suzy/A Singer in La Rondine (2008, mainstage debut); Sister Osmina in Suor Angelica (2008); the Digital Short let me come in (2021). She is an alumna of the Domingo-Colburn-Stein Young Artist Program (2007-2010) and a 2021 recipient of the Eva and Marc Stern Artist Award. Upcoming: title role in Tosca (2022).
The 2022 winner of the prestigious Richard Tucker Award, Angel Blue has emerged in recent seasons as one of the most important sopranos before the public today. On September 23, 2019, she opened the Metropolitan Opera’s 2019/20 season as Bess in a new production of George Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess. These performances followed her internationally praised French opera debut and role debut as Tosca at the Aix-en-Provence Festival in July of 2019. She has also been praised for performances in many other theaters, such as the Vienna State Opera, Semperoper Dresden, San Francisco Opera, Seattle Opera, Theater an der Wien, Oper Frankfurt and San Diego Opera. She begins the 2021/22 season with her return to the Metropolitan Opera, making her debut in Terence Blanchard’s Fire Shut Up In My Bones as Destiny/Loneliness/Greta and reprising the role of Bess. The soprano will also make her house debut at the Bavarian State Opera in Munich as Mimi in La Bohème, return to the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden as Violetta in La Traviata, and appear for the first time with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra in Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9.
Puccini’s La Bohème has played an especially prominent role in the development of Angel Blue’s career. She made her debut at the Teatro alla Scala in Milan as Musetta. As Mimi, she has won special international acclaim. Ms. Blue first sang the role at the English National Opera in London in 2014 and has since sung Mimi for her debuts at the Palau de Les Arts in Valencia in 2015, at the Vienna State Opera in 2016, and with the Canadian Opera Company in 2019. Mimi was also the role of her Metropolitan Opera debut in 2017, and it is as Mimi that she will debut this season at the Hamburg State Opera. In Germany, she has already been heard as Mimi at the Semperoper Dresden. Other recent operatic engagements have included her debuts as Liu in Turandot at the San Diego Opera in 2018, as Marguerite in Faust at the Portland Opera in 2018 and as Bess in Porgy and Bess in Seattle in the same year. She debuted in Baden Baden as Elena in Mefistofele in 2016 and sang her first Violetta in La Traviata at the Seattle Opera in 2017.
Also active on the concert platform, Ms. Blue has appeared in recital and in concert in over 35 countries. Important orchestral engagements have included Porgy and Bess at the Berliner Philharmoniker with Sir Simon Rattle, Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 with the Münchener Philharmoniker under the baton of Zubin Mehta, and Verdi’s Requiem in Sydney, Australia with Oleg Caetani. She has also sung Strauss’s Four Last Songs and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Peri in Schumann’s Das Paradis und die Peri with the Accademia Santa Cecilla in Rome, conducted by Daniele Gatti, and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with the Cincinnati Symphony under Music Director Louis Langree. Ms. Blue debuted in recital at the Ravinia Festival in August of 2019.
Angel Blue was raised in California and completed her musical studies at UCLA. She was a member of LA Opera's Domingo-Colburn-Stein Young Artist Program from 2007 to 2010, after which she moved to Europe to begin her international career at the Palau de les Arts in Valencia, Spain in 2009 and at the Verbier Festival in 2010.
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